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Former TVNZ journo dies in Seychelles boating accident

Published: 4:27PM Saturday February 09, 2013 Source: ONE News

  • Former TVNZ journalist Rebecca Davidson. (Source: Supplied)
    Former TVNZ journalist Rebecca Davidson. - Source: Supplied

A former TVNZ journalist has been killed in a boating accident off the coast of Africa.

Rebecca Davidson, 35, was travelling from Seychelles to a resort on Sainte Anne Island with four other foreign nationals when their vessel collided with another boat last night, according to a statement released by the Seychelles Government.

Davidson, a reporter for Dubai Eye Radio, sustained serious injuries in the accident and was pronounced dead when she arrived at the Seychelles Hospital. The four others onboard were taken to hospital and one, a UK National, was admitted for observation.

Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration and police have opened separate formal investigations to determine the cause of the accident.

"It is deeply regrettable that this tragedy has taken place, and we are ensuring that a full investigation is carried out," said Seychelles Minister for Home Affairs and Transport Joel Morgan.

"We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Rebecca Davidson. We are saddened by the loss of the life of Rebecca, and the trauma suffered by everyone else onboard. We are doing everything to provide support to the affected passengers and their families."

Davidson was on her way to the Seychelles Annual Carnival where she was part of Dubai Eye Radio's press team.

Before moving to Dubai, Davidson worked at TVNZ for six years from 1998 to 2004. She held a number of roles, starting as a researcher and newsroom assistant, before becoming a producer for Breakfast and Business and later the sole charge reporter for ONE News based at Rotorua.

She studied at Auckland University of Technology.

'Wonderful individual'

The Arabian Radio Network has paid tribute to Davidson.

In a statement, they say she was a wonderful individual who was full of life, admired hugely by her colleagues, and well loved by all who knew her.

"We are one family at ARN and all of us would like to send our condolences to the family of Rebecca," said ARN general manager Mahmoud al Rasheed.

"She will be greatly missed by the entire team at ARN."

Davidson was on a press trip to the Seychelles to gather stories for the station in her "own unique and innovative style".

"We are shocked and saddened at the loss of Rebecca, who was a key member of our team, a close friend to all and without a doubt a talented, rising star of the future," said ARN chief operating officer Steve Smith.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rebecca's family in New Zealand."